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Hey all,

My name is Tyrel Jennings. I am a web content analyst from Memorial University of Newfoundland. This is my first post on uwebd. Other Memorial web members that are apart of uwebd are Paul Whittle (our CMS project leader), Dan Hyde, and Vicki Barbour.

For the last month or so we have been researching various CMS products here. We currently use a homegrown CMS but we feel after several years of use that we have outgrown it. We purchased the 2009 CMS Watch Report and have done several product demos, and are starting to now practice with some trial software. We have narrowed down our original list of 30 CMS products down to 7. We are looking for any comments regarding the usability of the products and your past experiences with the products.

Our number one concern with picking a CMS is usability, a simple system with an intuitive interface is key. Here is our shortlist:

EMC Documentum WCM
eZ Systems: eZ Publish
Hannon Hill: Cascade Server
OmniUpdate: OU Campus
Ingeniux: Content Management System
FatWire: Content Server
Drupal (Acquia Drupal version specifically)

Any comments regarding those CMS products would be helpful. Thanks.

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I think Drupal 7 will address many of the "confusing" interface problems. Of all the CMS I've looked at it is the most versatile although there is a learning curve. You might want to view this video to see what is coming soon. http://www.d7ux.org/d7ux-initial-concepts-direction/
Watching it right now. Nice to see them improving the in-line/in-context editing, as we saw that as a major usability asset that many other CMS products had. Thanks for the response.

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